A Barilla Pronto (TM) Lunch: Quick Summer Pasta

By La Cuisinière | All Recipes

Jul 31
barilla pronto pasta lunch

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Barilla Pronto – While grocery shopping last week, I noticed something new in the pasta aisle: Barilla Pronto™ pastas. I decided to see what it was all about.

The boys love their mac and cheese…and just about any pasta for that matter.

I knew I would be cooking pasta soon enough and it is never “ready” fast enough.  Worth a try!

Hungry? Barilla Pronto!


With the boys visiting grandma all week, the kitchen has been a busy place.   Breakfasts come easy when I get requests for old standards such as scrambled eggs with sausage links,  toast with jelly and orange juice but growing boys can consume quite a bit of food during the day!
barilla pasta collage

This last week of July, I thought it would be fun to have them select favorite recipes from cooking magazines.  The idea was to have them help with the preparation (I do remember them enjoying the process) but that quickly went by the way side.

When have you ever heard boys mention that they had math homework to complete and therefore could not help with the food prep?  Right.

But I digress…

Chicken Cutlets and Pasta Pronto!

One of the recipes selected last week was a recipe for grilled chicken cutlets.  Quick to prepare and yummy too!  What caught my eye was the pasta side dish. This was the perfect opportunity to try out the Barilla Pronto pasta.

Cuisinart 77-412 Chef's Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set As described on the box, the pasta was ready in 10 minutes.

The only down side to being prepared in such a short time is that you need to watch the pot boil!

You have to stir occasionally so the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

There is only one wee bit misleading item of information is in the byline. – “no boil”.

The pasta cooking process is somewhat reversed – it does include boiling.

You do not boil the water and add the pasta.

You put the pasta in the pan, cover the dry pasta with water then boil.

The “one pan –  no drain” is spot on.

I didn’t bother to read the cooking instructions on the back of the box while still at the supermarket.  I only read the byline!

barilla pronto As you can see from the photo collage at the top of the post, the entire pasta cooking process took just ten minutes.

I am not counting the extra couple minutes to twist open a jar of sauce and stir it into the hot pasta.  Nope, I did not even heat it up.  I served the pasta immediately and everything stayed still quite hot.

Chicken tenders seasoned with fresh rosemary and steamed green beans completed the meal.

barilla pronto pasta lunch

Did I mention that one box of Barilla Pronto ™ was just about enough for a couple of hungry boys?  Grandma did have a spoonful to make sure the pasta was cooked al dente.  How generous of them. 😉

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